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USAD Nationals

2019 USAD Nationals Economics Award Recipients on stage


Recipients of the Asa Edwin Reaves, Esq. Social Science Prize: Tamara Cruz, Benjamin LaFreniere and Ezhan Mirza, from Granada Hills Charter School in California


Show off everything you remember at a competition you'll never forget; once a year, we invite qualifying teams in every state to join us for an electrifying finale to the Academic Decathlon season.


The national competition is more than ten challenging events and a championship to be won—it’s your chance to meet fellow Decathletes from across the United States. You’ll trade not just speech topics, but war stories; not just Facebook invites, but lifelong insights.

Plus, it’s more than national. Each year, teams outside the United States are invited to qualify online for the chance to join the Academic Decathlon community in person at the national finals.

Note: Online national competitions for small, medium, and large schools are also open to qualified teams from each participating state. Please contact us for details.


Future USAD Nationals:

  • 2021 – Des Moines, Iowa; April 29 – May 1, 2021
  • 2022 – Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania; April 21 – 23, 2022
  • 2023 – Frisco, Texas; April 27 – 29, 2023


Due to the Coronavirus, USAD is canceling all National Competitions for Academic Decathlon and Academic Pentathlon for teams and individuals, for the 2019-2020 school year. Click here for details.